WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC/AP) - Ceremonies are being held in South Carolina marking the sixth anniversary of the Sofa Super Store fire that claimed the lives of nine Charleston firefighters.
Tuesday evening's observance is being held in the small park on Savannah Highway that has been created where the furniture store once stood. Stone markers are erected for each of the men who died.
The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. will feature the names of the nine fallen men being read as a bell is rung. You can watch the ceremony live on Live5News.com.
Firefighters are also holding a 24-hour vigil at the flagpole in the park.
The firefighters died at the Sofa Super Store on June 18, 2007. This tragedy was the largest loss of firefighters since the 2001 terror attacks on the World Trade Center and it has touched firefighters from other departments.
The fire is thought to have been started by discarded cigarettes in a loading dock. Fire experts hired by the city concluded that inadequate training, outdated tactics and aging equipment contributed to the deaths.
Sofa Super Store has agreed to pay roughly $1.9 million to settle claims brought by families of those firefighters. The company has since gone out of business.